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Mandate? What Mandate??

Here’s a run down of some stories today illustrating that the Democrats are worse at running the Congress than the Republicans were and have no clue as to what they are doing and what is in our national interest during a time of war.

Item # 1 – Dems Plan Iraq Bill Minus Timeline – CNN

Speaker Nancy Pelosi will present a plan to House Democrats for a war funding bill that won’t include a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq but will feature benchmarks with consequences, according to Democratic leadership aides.

The bill also would raise the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour from $5.15 per hour, and fund other domestic spending programs, which were still being negotiated.

The legislation would provide more than $90 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Finally.  It is the anti-war Democrats hellbent on America’s defeat who blink.   But in the meantime, they wasted many weeks while at the same time giving a moral victory to al-Qaeda and suggesting America is weak in the War on Terror.   Brilliant move, Nanc.

Item #2 – Congress’ Reform Promises Fizzle –

It’s a familiar backpedaling pattern emerging early in the new Democratic-controlled Congress. From lobbying reforms to anti-corruption proposals to curbing earmarks, Democratic lawmakers who railed against Republican corruption a year ago have flinched from imposing the harshest standards on themselves. Consequently, this Democratic Congress may end up no better prepared to police itself than the Republicans were when the Jack Abramoff bribery scandal broke and the spate of criminal convictions it spawned surfaced as a primary reason for voters’ angst last fall.

The “most ethical Congress” in history, eh Nancy?  Yeah, right. 

Item #3 (or… Culture of Corruption, Continued…) – House to Vote on Reprimanding Murtha –

House Republicans angled Tuesday to put Democrats in a no-win position: reprimand a senior colleagues or be seen as blindly excusing legislative bullying for partisan reasons.

House leaders tentatively scheduled a late Tuesday vote on a Republican move to reprimand Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat and close ally of House Speaker Hancy Pelosi, D-Calif. The GOP accuses Murtha of making a blatant threat against a Republican who challenged a pet project that Murtha wanted.

Democratic leaders said they believed they had the votes to kill the motion, but conceded that some party members were unhappy about being pressed to defend a blustery colleague known for bare-knuckled politics.

Murtha has not disputed a Republican claim that he stormed across the House floor May 17 to confront Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. Rogers had tried unsuccessfully to strike a $23 million Murtha earmark—or narrowly targeted spending item—for a drug intelligence center in Murtha’s district.

In a House speech Monday, Rogers said Murtha threatened him by saying, “you will not get any earmarks now and forever.”

Nice… House Majority Leader Murtha, the Extortionist (and the Traitor). 

Oh, and don’t get me started on the Amnesty For Illegal Alien Invaders Act of 2007…

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Back From Vegas

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:38 am - May 22, 2007.
Filed under: Blogging,Country Music,Travel,Vacation Blogging

Hey everybody….. vacation is over (well, until Memorial Day weekend!) and I’m back on the road for work.  This week:  West Virginia & Atlanta.

As the week goes along, I’ll be doing some postings (with photos) about our trip to Vegas last week and more specifically about the Academy of Country Music Awards.  Cliffnotes Version:  Great Trip.  Expensive.  ACM Awards Show was incredible!  Lots of country music star sightings.

So just letting everyone know I’m alive and well… and I didn’t lose my house at the Poker Tournament!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)